Meet the Leadership Team

Sandra Cowley

Commercial Director

Having worked within the Further Education sector for the last 19 years, I am an advocate of lifelong learning and committed to ensuring individuals have access to opportunities to learn skills which make a positive impact on their lives and the communities they live in. Throughout my career I have helped businesses with their talent attraction, skills development, and succession planning strategies as I truly believe people are businesses greatest asset when they are nurtured and developed. My role is instrumental in securing business growth for the benefit of the people and businesses we support. When not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends and undertaking property renovations.

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Paul Price-Hazlehurst

Director of Programmes

I have two decades of successful experience within the FE and Welfare sectors. I am a target oriented Senior Manager and Director with wide and successful experience in the management of strategic change programmes, commercial training and contract management. I am a hands-on problem solver with a high rate of achievement and an appetite for new challenges, I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. I am a family man with three young boys so spend the majority of my time driving them to various sporting events but I can also be found with my head under the bonnet of a car as I am passionate about restoring VW Beetles.

Tom Hay

Operations Manager (East of England)

I'm very proud of the transformational impact that our advisers have on customers, equipping them with the tools to unlock their potential. My main responsibility is managing internal teams and subcontractors delivering the National Careers Service contract. When I was very young, I wanted to be a police officer (on a motorbike). I grew up in the 1970s and 80s and used to watch an American TV series called CHiPs about two motorcycle police officers of the California Highway Patrol - that is what I wanted to be!

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Michael Draffan

Operations Manager (East Midlands)

My drive and passion comes from seeing customers fulfil their potential, our service helps customers to transform their lives.This makes my role extremely gratifying, knowing we are helping customers achieve their hopes and dreams. I manage our internal teams and subcontractors across this region ensuring our customer get the very best service from us through the National Careers Service. I can't remember having any strong career ideas as a child, I did play at lot of sport and aspired to do that in a professional context.

Amanda Payne

Operations Manager (Young people's services)

I'm passionate about supporting young people who need a more targeted approach to help them reach their goals. I'm responsible for overseeing our delivery of Nottingham’s Youth Engagement Initiative supporting unemployed 16-29 year olds and for managing our well-respected NEET and Not Known levels in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. When I was growing up I wanted to be a vet or a lawyer.

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